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Originally Published: Mar 06, 2020
Originally Published: Mar 06, 2020 Last Updated: Nov 09, 2020 7 min read
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Apple AirPods: Are they the best wireless earbuds you can buy?

While many AirPod owners would answer that with a resounding YES, for the time being we'll leave the debate to the audiophiles and tech geeks out there. We're not here to convince you that AirPods are the absolute highest quality earbuds on the market, or even that you need anything above a set of basic cheap headphones. But if you're keen on picking up a pair of AirPods, it's wise to first figure out which is the best AirPods option for you — and then buy them at the lowest price possible.

With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about AirPods deals, including the lowest price we've ever seen as of Nov. 4: $99 for AirPods with a wired charging case and $194 for AirPods Pro.

Best AirPods Deals: Updated November 2020

If you're looking buy a pair of standard Apple AirPods (a.k.a AirPods 2 — the latest version), you have two choices: AirPods with a wired charging case, and AirPods with a wireless charging case. The version with the convenience of wireless charging costs more, as you'd guess, but exactly how much extra you'll pay depends on what AirPods deals are available when you buy.

The list price for AirPods with the wired charging case is $159, compared to $199 for AirPods with a wireless charging case. When AirPods go on sale, both of these products tend to be discounted, but they don't always see the same markdowns. For most of 2020, AirPods have frequently been on sale for $20 to $30 off, and sometimes the discounts are bigger. We've seen AirPods with the wired charging case on sale for $129, at the same time AirPods with the wireless charging case have often been discounted to $169. In this case, they were both $30 off. At other times, however, one AirPods model might have been $40 off while the other was discounted by only $20.

If you're wondering about the best time to buy AirPods for the lowest price, deals we've seen lately on the wired case model have actually been better than on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The lowest price on AirPods with the wired charging case for most of the 2019 winter holidays was $139, or $20 off the normal list price. Nowadays, if you manage to jump on a good sale, you can get them for $30 off.

On the other hand, deals around Black Friday on AirPods with the wireless charging case featured prices of $159 and sometimes even lower. That's cheaper than the deals we've seen in 2020 so far, though Black Friday 2020 is coming up soon. According to the Walmart Black Friday ad, the AirPods with a wired charging case will be on sale for $99 starting November 4.